1997 NBA draft

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1997 NBA Draft
General information
Date(s) June 25, 1997
Time 7:30 pm (EDT)
Location Charlotte, North Carolina
Network(s) (US) TNT
First selection Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
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The 1997 NBA draft took place on June 25, 1997 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Although the Boston Celtics had the second worst record in the 1996–97 season and the best odds (36 percent) of winning the lottery with two picks, the Spurs, usually a model of winning and consistency, lost David Robinson and Sean Elliott to injury early in the season and finished with the third worst record, subsequently winning the lottery. Leading up to the draft, there was no doubt that Tim Duncan would be selected at No. 1 by the Spurs, and in fact the rest of the draft was regarded with some skepticism.[1] The Celtics would end up with the third and sixth picks selecting Chauncey Billups and Ron Mercer, both of whom were traded in the next two years.

Note: The Washington Wizards forfeited their 1997 first-round pick in connection with the signing of Juwan Howard. Washington would have had the 17th pick.

* Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s) and (an) All-NBA Team(s)
+ Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-Star Game(s)
x Denotes player who has been selected for (an) All-NBA Team(s)
- Denotes player who never played in the NBA

Round one[edit]

Tim Duncan was selected 1st overall by the San Antonio Spurs.
Keith Van Horn was selected 2nd overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Chauncey Billups was selected 3rd overall by the Boston Celtics.
Antonio Daniels was selected 4th overall by the Vancouver Grizzlies.
Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
1 Tim Duncan* (F/C)  United States Virgin Islands San Antonio Spurs Wake Forest-Sr.
2 Keith Van Horn (PF)  United States Philadelphia 76ers University of Utah-Sr.
3 Chauncey Billups* (PG)  United States Boston Celtics Colorado-So.
4 Antonio Daniels (PG)  United States Vancouver Grizzlies Bowling Green-Sr.
5 Tony Battie (C/PF)  United States Denver Nuggets Texas Tech-Jr.
6 Ron Mercer (SF)  United States Boston Celtics Kentucky-So.
7 Tim Thomas (SF)  United States New Jersey Nets Villanova-Fr.
8 Adonal Foyle (C)  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Golden State Warriors Colgate-Jr.
9 Tracy McGrady* (G/F)  United States Toronto Raptors Mt. Zion Christian Academy (Durham, NC)
10 Danny Fortson (PF)  United States Milwaukee Bucks Cincinnati-Jr.
11 Tariq Abdul-Wahad (SF)  France Sacramento Kings San Jose State-Sr.
12 Austin Croshere (F)  United States Indiana Pacers Providence-Sr.
13 Derek Anderson (SG)  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Kentucky-Sr.
14 Maurice Taylor (PF)  United States Los Angeles Clippers Michigan-Jr.
15 Kelvin Cato (C)  United States Dallas Mavericks (from Minnesota) Iowa State-Jr.
16 Brevin Knight (PG)  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from Phoenix) Stanford-Sr.
17 Johnny Taylor (F)  United States Orlando Magic Chattanooga-Sr.
18 Chris Anstey (F)  Australia Dallas Mavericks (from Portland) SE Melbourne Magic (Australia)
19 Scot Pollard (C)  United States Detroit Pistons Kansas-Sr.
20 Paul Grant (C)  United States Minnesota Timberwolves (from Charlotte) Wisconsin-Sr.
21 Anthony Parker (SG)  United States New Jersey Nets (from L.A. Lakers) Bradley-Sr.
22 Ed Gray (G)  United States Atlanta Hawks California-Sr.
23 Bobby Jackson (G)  United States Seattle SuperSonics Minnesota-Sr.
24 Rodrick Rhodes (G)  United States Houston Rockets USC-Sr.
25 John Thomas (C)  United States New York Knicks Minnesota-Sr.
26 Charles Smith (G)  United States Miami Heat New Mexico-Sr.
27 Jacque Vaughn (G)  United States Utah Jazz Kansas-Sr.
28 Keith Booth (F)  United States Chicago Bulls Maryland-Sr.

Round two[edit]

Tracy McGrady was selected 9th overall by the Toronto Raptors.
Brevin Knight was selected 16th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Scot Pollard was selected 19th overall by the Detroit Pistons.
Stephen Jackson was selected 43rd overall by the Phoenix Suns.
Pick Player Nationality NBA Team School/Club Team
29 Serge Zwikker (C)  Netherlands Houston Rockets (from Vancouver) North Carolina
30 Mark Sanford (F)  United States Miami Heat (from Boston) Washington
31 Charles O'Bannon (G)  United States Detroit Pistons (from San Antonio) UCLA
32 James Cotton (G)  United States Denver Nuggets Long Beach State
33 Marko Milič (G)  Slovenia Philadelphia 76ers Smelt Olimpija (Slovenia)
34 Bubba Wells (F)  United States Dallas Mavericks Austin Peay
35 Kebu Stewart (F)  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from New Jersey) Cal State Bakersfield
36 James Collins (G)  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from Toronto) Florida State
37 Marc Jackson (F)  United States Golden State Warriors Temple
38 Jerald Honeycutt (F)  United States Milwaukee Bucks Tulane
39 Anthony Johnson (G)  United States Sacramento Kings College of Charleston
40 Ed Elisma (F)  United States Seattle SuperSonics (from L.A. Clippers) Georgia Tech
41 Jason Lawson (C)  United States Denver Nuggets (from Indiana) Villanova
42 Stephen Jackson (G)  United States Phoenix Suns Butler CC (Kansas)
43 Gordon Malone (F)  United States Minnesota Timberwolves West Virginia
44 Cedric Henderson (F)  United States Cleveland Cavaliers Memphis
45 God Shammgod (G)  United States Washington Bullets Providence
46 Eric Washington (G)  United States Orlando Magic (traded to Denver) Alabama
47 Alvin Williams (G)  United States Portland Trail Blazers Villanova
48 Predrag Drobnjak (C)  Yugoslavia Washington Bullets (from Charlotte) Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)
49 Alain Digbeu (G)  France Atlanta Hawks (from Detroit) Villeurbanne (France)
50 Chris Crawford (F)  United States Atlanta Hawks Marquette
51 DeJuan Wheat (G)  United States Los Angeles Lakers Louisville
52 C. J. Bruton (G)  Australia Vancouver Grizzlies (from Houston) Indian Hills CC (Iowa)
53 Paul Rogers (C)  Australia Los Angeles Lakers (from New York) Gonzaga
54 Mark Blount (C)  United States Seattle SuperSonics Pittsburgh
55 Ben Pepper (C)  Australia Boston Celtics (from Miami) Newcastle Falcons (Australia)
56 Nate Erdmann (G)  United States Utah Jazz Oklahoma
57 Roberto Dueñas (C)  Spain Chicago Bulls FC Barcelona (Spain)

Notable undrafted players[edit]

These players were not selected in the 1997 NBA Draft but have played in the NBA.

Player Pos. Nationality School/Club team
Hudson, TroyTroy Hudson G  United States Southern Illinois (Jr.)
Jones, DamonDamon Jones G  United States Houston (Jr.)
Moore, MikkiMikki Moore F/C  United States Nebraska (Sr.)
Newble, IraIra Newble F  United States Miami (Ohio) (Sr.)
Penberthy, MikeMike Penberthy G  United States The Master's (Sr.)


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